That is one advantage of Incisitermes minor. They don't have workers, they have pseudergates which can turn into both male and female alates, no nymphs required.
With that said. I dangerously broke apart a burnt dead tree (well in this case it really is dead and burnt in a fire from decades ago so it doesn't harm anything). It was a little dumb with some of the bigger limbs since its by myself and I could have got hurt, but I live dangerously There is only one more limb I can break I know has more Incisitermes, and I heard it crack, but I got to revisit. This limb isn't dangerous, just was hard to break. One was pretty stupid and was abandoned long ago so was a waste of time. On other hand, gives a huge amount of wood for the local subterranean termites to move into.
Either way. I think Incisitermes minor might be VERY sensitive to plastic compared to subterranean termites. Not sure how Dampwoods would be with this. I think the problem this whole time is two things.
Keeping them outside = bad. Keeping them in the garage = bad. Keeping them indoors in room temperature like Pepsi kept his = good (hopefully its my theory anyway lol). I also put them in a medium sized clay plant pot, chemical free. Its also really old so whatever bad might have been in it or not is long gone. And I'm keeping them in the living room, which we often keep humid at night, which should help a lot. In their natural environment, they get fog at night/morning, and maybe they do need a bit of humidity to survive, not just 100% complete dryness which they got in the garage.
Not sure how big of a colony I got, but sure is a lot of termites exploring the ends of the broken tree limb. Sadly, no nymphs or signs of soldiers. But again, these are pseudergates, they could even become just secondary reproductives (which Incisitermes can have).
Hopefully more success than in the past with the big changes.
Edited by Vendayn, January 10 2021 - 5:41 PM.